- relating to; regarding; about: a discussion concerning foreign aid.
Origin of concerning
- to relate to; be connected with; be of interest or importance to; affect: The water shortage concerns us all.
- to interest or engage (used reflexively or in the passive, often followed by with or in): She concerns herself with every aspect of the business.
- to trouble, worry, or disquiet: I am concerned about his health.
- something that relates or pertains to a person; business; affair: Law is the concern of lawyers.
- a matter that engages a person's attention, interest, or care, or that affects a person's welfare or happiness: The party was no concern of his.
- worry, solicitude, or anxiety: to show concern for someone in trouble.
- important relation or bearing: This news is of concern to all of us.
- a commercial or manufacturing company or establishment: the headquarters of an insurance concern.
- Informal. any material object or contrivance.
Origin of concern
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Examples from the Web for concerning
Concerning argument, suffice it to say that, once started, no matter how terrible the cost, it was successful.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
If these sharks were indeed still alive, it would be noteworthy and concerning for anyone who spends time in the ocean.Shark Week Is Lying Again: Megalodon Is Definitely Extinct
August 15, 2014
The most concerning thing about Meyers's Late Night debut, however, was that its biggest asset was its biggest concern.Seth Meyers Gets Off to a Rocky Start on 'Late Night'
February 25, 2014
After five years of concerning levels of obsession, what are we going to do without the brilliant AMC drama?The Daily Beast Staff Picks Their Favorite ‘Breaking Bad’ Moments (VIDEO)
The Daily Beast
September 28, 2013
Safiri recalled one meeting, headed by Rouhani, concerning television programming.Hassan Rouhani: Iran’s Mysterious New President
September 23, 2013
We are pure nothings, concerning which speculation is not worth the trouble.Weighed and Wanting
Much has been said concerning the efficacy of the Water Fly as a lure.
Concerning Linda she could not resist a feeling of exultation.Her Father's Daughter
"Good-morning," he said to the man who had instructed him concerning the Tube.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Nor could I explain to myself why I was concerning myself with his wound.In the Valley
- about; regarding; on the subject of
- worrying or troublesome
- to relate to; be of importance or interest to; affect
- (usually foll by with or in) to involve or interest (oneself)he concerns himself with other people's affairs
- something that affects or is of importance to a person; affair; business
- regard for or interest in a person or a thinghe felt a strong concern for her
- anxiety, worry, or solicitude
- important bearing or relationhis news has great concern for us
- a commercial company or enterprise
- informal a material thing, esp one of which one has a low opinion
Word Origin and History for concerning
early 15c., "perceive, distinguish," also "refer to, relate to," from Middle French concerner, from Medieval Latin concernere "concern, touch, belong to," figurative use of Late Latin concernere "to sift, mix, as in a sieve," from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + cernere "to sift," hence "perceive, comprehend" (see crisis). Apparently the sense of the prefix shifted to intensive in Medieval Latin. Meaning "worry" is 17c. Related: Concerned; concerning. Letter opening to whom it may concern attested by 1740.
1580s, from concern (v.).